SHAKESPEARE’S FIRE is a dream of his last days in London.  He has lost his power to create new work, lost his genius.   He lives in the Cripplegate area of London, in the shadow of the church of St. Giles, the patron saint of cripples, lepers and beggars, and he lives out his days mostly drunk, in the thrall of secret music, looking, without success, in a boozy haze, for ways and means to use the English language to new purpose, for the sustaining strength to complete a work.  But time and alcohol have taken their toll and in June 1613, after the Globe Theatre burns to the ground, Shakespeare never writes another play.

William Shakespeare - a writer Thomas Campion * - a musician The King's Men - Richard Burbage (Also "Big Dick") - Cuthbert Burbage (Also "Curly") - John Heminges (Also "Jack" And "Veteran Harold") - Henry Condell (Also "Hank") - John Fletcher (also “VETERAN HAROLD”) Rose -a publican Lady Emilia Bassano - The “Dark Lady” Calbano - her servant The Veteran (also “John Fletcher”) The Dead Parrots’ Society - Big Dick (Also "Richard Burbage") - Curly (Also "Cuthbert Burbage") - Jack (Also "John Heminges") - Hank (Also "Henry Condell") As many supernumaries as can be afforded for street and theatre scenes.